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Expansion Activities

Understanding and Using English Grammar, 3rd Edition

Chapter 6: Subject-Verb Agreement


Activity: Subject-Verb Matching
Materials needed: Index cards of two different colors
Description:
This is a mingling activity that the whole class jumps into at once. The sentences below
allow for 26 participants. For groups larger than that, youll probably find it better to
divide into two separate cohorts with two completely different sets of sentences.
If you find yourself having to create more sentences, avoid having people as the subjects
in all but one or two cases. Its easier to write exclusive matches that way. Youll
understand when you read the sentences below.
To make this activity easier, use two colors of index cards, one color for the subject and
the other color for the predicate. To make it tougher, use only one color per cohort.
Write half of each sentence on an index card. Mix them well and distribute them to the
class, one per student. Students should read their cards and practice saying their phrases
out loud.
All together, the students stand and begin mingling with each other, trying to find the
second half of their sentence. Its more fun if students avoid reading their cards and just
recite their fragments to each other, and under no condition should they just hold out
their cards for others to read.
When a student thinks he or she has found a match, the two should come to the teacher
for confirmation and then back out of play until all matches have been made.
At the end of the activity, a nice wrap-up would be to put all the correct sentences on the
board, in columns according to number, so students can see why they are singular or
plural.
A lot of my friends from school

are coming to my party.

Every teacher, counselor, and coach

is interested in the students progress.

Gymnastics

is an Olympic sport.

My TV, as well as my refrigerator,

is broken again.

My stereo and my cell phone

are the latest technology.


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Expansion Activities
Understanding and Using English Grammar, 3rd Edition

Chapter 6: Subject-Verb Agreement


Activity: Subject-Verb Matching
Baseball and football

have many fans in America.

The Germans

have a unique October holiday.

Germany

has the second largest population in Europe.

The early morning news

has helpful traffic updates.

Einsteins ideas

were revolutionary.

One of the books

was on the shelf.

A lot of the books

were available in the library.

Writing plays

was Wendys passion.

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